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Stacey Abrams Talks Campaign to Become Georgia’s First Black Governor, Voting Rights and Criminal...

Georgia Rep. Stacey Abrams, Democratic minority leader in the House of Representatives, in early June officially launched her campaign for governor of Georgia, set on making history as the first Black woman governor in...

Louisiana Becomes First State to Ban Criminal-History Question on College Applications

Louisiana has become the first state to ban all of its public college and universities from asking admissions applicants about their criminal history. The legislation was signed into law on Friday, June 15, by Gov....

Atlanta Raises Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour for City Workers

Many city workers in Atlanta will see a minimum-wage increase after the City Council voted on Wednesday, June 21, on an amendment to the new 2018 budget. The move raises the minimum wage from $10.10...

Pop-Up Market Helping Keep Black-Owned Businesses Viable In Boston’s Dudley Square

"People! There are ONLY 2 MORE tables available for Saturday, June 24, and then this market will be sold out!" reads a recent Facebook post from Black Market, a new retail space in Boston....

James Blake Drops Claim Against New York City in Exchange for Police Oversight

Retired tennis star James Blake withdrew his excessive-force claim against the City of New York in exchange for the creation of a legal fellowship in his name. Beginning in January, the fellow will join the...

Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce Acquires National Business League

The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, a statewide group that promotes Black businesses, acquired the National Business League, an organization with a similar mission, in a move the two organizations promised would help Black-owned...

Al Gore Again Connects Climate-Change Battle to Slavery, Apartheid

The battle against climate change is among the great moral movements of history, similar to the fight to abolish slavery, former Vice President Al Gore said. Gore, speaking at a recent awards ceremony, also likened...

Groups Vying for Influence Give Generously to Atlanta’s Mayoral Candidates

As the race to replace term-limited Kasim Reed for mayor of Atlanta in November heats up heading into the summer months, the picture of who is behind the major candidates has become clearer. The next...

Texas Gov. Signs ‘Sandra Bland Act’ That Doesn’t Address Issues That Ultimately Led to Her...

Two years after the death of Sandra Bland, a Black women arrested in Texas during a routine traffic stop who died days later in a county jail, the governor of that state signed into...

Nation Commemorates End of Slavery with Juneteenth Celebrations

On June 19, Juneteenth is traditionally observed to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. In many Black communities across the nation, parades, picnics and proclamations highlight jubilant festivities aimed at fostering...

Politics, Show Business, Sports Collide in Atlanta’s Mayoral Election

Atlanta, home to dozens of Fortune 500 companies and the 1996 Summer Olympics, has emerged in recent years as a major entertainment center. Hip-hop artists and professional athletes regularly come to the city to...

Judge to Decide If Officer Injured In Alton Sterling Protests Can Sue Black Lives...

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge, La., said on Wednesday, June 15, that he will rule "within the coming days" on whether Black Lives Matter is a movement or an organization, which...

Family of 5-Year-Old Arkansas Boy Left in Overheated Van Mourns, as Officials Bring Charges

Four people will be charged in connection with the death of Christopher Gardner Jr., a 5-year-old boy who died after being left inside an overheated day care van in West Memphis, Ark., located just across...

Historic Honor Brings Former Underground Railroad Stop In New Jersey Out of Shadows

A Black community in southern New Jersey that once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad for enslaved Africans on their journey to freedom will receive past-due recognition when it gets a historic...

Trump Agenda at Center of Low-Key Meeting Between Black Leaders and Senate Democrats

Leaders of some of the nation's top civil rights groups were scheduled to meet Tuesday, June 13, with Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York amid concerns about how President Donald Trump's...

Riot Breaks Out In S.C. Prison Over Cell Phone; 2 Correctional Officers Hurt

A riot at a South Carolina prison was quelled by SWAT teams early Thursday, June 15, but not before two correctional officers were injured, reported WRDW-TV in nearby Augusta, Ga. The two and four other officers...

Attorney’s New Book Calls Out Corporate America’s Poorly Kept Secret: Systemic Racism

Seattle attorney Stephen Graham, like many successful Black Americans in the corporate world, seems to have all the right credentials: an elite college education, impressive résumé and a firm handshake. But none it likely would've...

Memorial for Slain 12-Year-Old Florida Girl Continues to Grow as Public Mourns

A makeshift memorial of balloons, flowers and teddy bears continues to grow on the Ashland Avenue bridge over Eight Mile Creek near Pensacola, Fla., where the body of 12-year-old Naomi Jones was found in early...

Anger Erupts After Dying Woman Said to be Half-Naked Was Removed from Airplane

A dying woman, who was removed Monday, June 12, from an airplane on a commercial flight from Dallas to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, was only partially clothed, sparking anger over the handling of...

Study: Blacks Less Likely to be Referred to a Neurologist, More Likely to Pay...

Black patients make fewer outpatient visits to neurologists than their white counterparts but pay more, according to a recently released study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Black patients...

Google, Bryan Stevenson Launch Website Uncovering History of Lynchings in America

Before police shootings and mass incarceration beset Black America, the grotesque specter of brutalized Black bodies terrorized communities throughout the South, which struggled to deal with the problem of lynching. Lynching most often occurred in...

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